Round up of the week

Welcome to another round up of the Transition Week.

With “one in a thousand year” flooding happening again today, it seems  appropriate to change the style of this week’s newsletter, and tell you that if you do nothing else this week, you need to read these two articles:

The first is from the Guardian and tells how two whistleblowers from the International Energy Agency last week told the world that they have consistently been pretending that we have more oil than we really do:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cif-green/2009/nov/10/peak-oil-fear-economic-establishment

Given the ever-increasing rate at which we are using oil, we would need to be discovering new fields and bringing them on-stream at an incredible rate to keep up. That just ain’t going to happen.

The second article, from the Independent, tells how scientists are now saying that we are “on track” to hit six degrees of climate change by the end of the century. That doesn’t mean it’s inevitable. It just means that’s what’s going to happen if we don’t change the way we live.

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/world-on-course-for-catastrophic-6deg-rise-reveal-scientists-1822396.html

If that happens then basically it is ‘Game Over’ for all life as we know it.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are things we can do.

Taunton Borough Council has already started doing them. Waverley BC is likely going to engage with further us next year. And this week we started on the rest of our plan for 2010.

Read the articles, make up your own mind, and if you want to get involved, get in touch.

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In other news, The Maltings will be showing The Age of Stupid on 10 February next year.

This short video tells us that every litre of petrol we put in our tanks took 23 tonnes of micro-plankton to produce.

Our meeting this week was held in the highly salubrious setting of the Plough in West Street. It was a packed agenda and there were several announcements about upcoming events, too numerous to repeat here.

Tuesday’s meeting in Woking on Climate Change turned out to be a bit of a damp squib, but there is a rather amusing video from Sweden to watch instead.

Wednesday’s meeting to discuss the fate of Bishop’s Meadow showed that people can make a difference if we want to.

Next Monday’s meeting will be at The Barn (down the side of Woolworths), 7:30pm.

And our Christmas party is on 14 December — you are warmly invited.

Have a great weekend.

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